Police Beat

A set of power tools worth about $350 was reported on Monday stolen from the back porch of a home on H Avenue on Saturday night. The victim reported it to police on Monday afternoon, stating that one of the tools was borrowed from a neighbor. There are no suspects at this time.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported on this week.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Just before 3PM on Saturday, APD Officers were dispatched to the ferry terminal parking lot on I Avenue per the suspicion that someone was living out of their car. The vehicle was described as a red coupe and officers recognized the vehicle as one they had contacted multiple times this year. An officer spoke with a 35-year old Anacortes woman associated with the vehicle and she told officers that she was waiting for someone working on the island who would return later. Based on their observations, witness statements, and previous experience with the woman, she was issued an infraction for Use of a Motor Vehicle as a Place of Abode and Littering Upon Public Roadway for trash items located observed outside the vehicle.   

Just before 11PM on Saturday, an Anacortes Police Corporal on patrol in the 2000 block of 12th Street observed a car with expired registration tabs as of March 2017. The vehicle was stopped in the 1100 block of D Avenue and the 52-year old Anacortes man provided a driver’s license card with a hole punched in it. A driver’s check revealed that the man’s license was suspended as of July 2016. When asked why he was driving, the man stated that he was taking a friend to get gasoline. He was taken into custody and cited for driving with license suspended. He was released on scene.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Just after midnight on Sunday morning, an APD Officer on patrol on SR 20 contacted a 27-year old Puyallup driver for a burned out headlamp on his tan Toyota sedan. The driver was unable to provide a valid driver’s license and stated that, though the registered owner of the vehicle was with him, he was driving because she was having issues with her contact lenses. He was taken into custody, cited for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended, and released at the scene.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Just after 6AM on Monday morning, APD Officers investigated a verbal confrontation reported between a husband and wife on N Avenue. They determined that no crime had been committed, but the woman was booked and released on a misdemeanor warrant and her husband was booked on an assault warrant out of Island County. The man was transported to APD and later released to the Oak Harbor Police Department.

APD’s Code Enforcement Officer was dispatched to 24th Street per the complaint of a vehicle in the no parking zone that was blocking the view of vehicles entering the road. An infraction was placed on the SUV’s windshield and the officer cleared the scene.

On Monday, APD responded to the report of a motor home parked on 24th Street for over a week. The Code Enforcement Officer responded and left a note for the owner to call her back. The following day, the owner called and stated that she was trying to make arrangements to store the vehicle. She was educated on the 72-hour parking ordinance and she agreed to comply.

A boat parked at a marina on Q Avenue incurred $100 damage to the door lock, according to the boat owner. Nothing of value was missing and no further damage was observed at the time the report was made.

A local resident was referred to ic3.gov, an FBI internet crime complaint center, to report a fraudulent money order he received for almost twice the amount he was attempting to sell a piece of furniture online for. He was advised not to cash the check.

On Monday afternoon at 3:30, an APD Corporal was dispatched to Commercial Avenue per the report from a grocery store representative who stated that there had been a man attempting to steal items and may be under the influence of drugs. The Corporal contacted a male matching the description exiting a restaurant on the 1300 block of Commercial. The 25-year old Coupeville man told police that he was fine and not under the influence. A routine records check revealed that he had a theft warrant out of the Mount Vernon Municipal Court and he was taken into custody on his warrant. He was booked and released from the scene.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

On Thursday morning, an APD Officer took a burglary report from the clergy of a church on the 1200 block of 7th Street. Church representatives showed the officer a broken window that was the point of entry as well as a room where a small flat screen television was stolen. There was no further damage to the building or noticeable items taken. Investigation continues. 

A Malamute puppy was found near 32nd Street and D Avenue on Wednesday afternoon. The Animal Control Officer attempted contact with the owner whose information was on the dog’s identification tag and the owner who lived nearby later claimed it.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

A small baggie of methamphetamine was found in a parking lot on the 1700 block of Commercial Avenue and turned over to police on Thursday morning. The drugs were placed in evidence to be destroyed.

A 12th Street resident called police on Thursday to report a vehicle prowl incident that occurred sometime on Monday or Tuesday. The man went to his vehicle to get his wallet when he realized it was missing. He was unsure if his vehicle was locked or not at the time of the theft, but there was no damage to the vehicle suggesting that it was locked at the time. There are no suspects. 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Just after 1AM on Friday, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on Commercial Avenue observed an older model SUV in a grocery store parking lot with bright spotlights pointed upward making it difficult for the officer to see. The officer performed a traffic stop and ran a routine driver’s check on the 29-year old woman driving the vehicle. Her license returned suspended as of June 2010 for unpaid tickets. She was arrested for driving with license suspended and released at the scene. 

Note: Anacortes Police Department policy is to not include names or addresses of businesses or individuals that call 911 for police assistance, though this information is a matter of public record.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,942 Confirmed Skagit Cases
400-409 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

318 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
44,613 Fully Vaccinated
57,198 Initial Doses Given


379,100 Confirmed Cases Statewide
22,614 Hospitalizations

5,539 Deaths Statewide
2,419,434 Fully Vaccinated
3,368,279 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, May 5, 2021.

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